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Ten best gigs ever

Posted: 22:58 15 Mar 2020
by MickyD
I thought I'd try to kick off a fun thread to help us through this long sporting hiatus. So, here goes, in no particular order (although some certainly rate higher than others):

Roxy Music, Plymouth Guildhall, c. 1972

David Bowie, Torquay Town Hall, June 1973 (With one of my maths A-Level exams to sit the following morning)

Velvet Underground, Wembley Arena, 1995 (Original line-up re-formed for European Son - sorry, tour - not long before Sterling Morrison popped his clogs)

Kraftwerk, Brighton Dome, c. 1985

Led Zeppelin, O2 Dome, December 2007 (I was one of the lucky winners of two tickets in the online lottery)

Sex Pistols, Woods Club, Plymouth, August 1977

Kylie Minogue, Brighton Pride, August 2019 (Goddess!)

Quicksilver Messenger Service, Roxy Club, Los Angeles, Christmas/New Year 1976/77 (Not because I loved them; just because I was watching a band on Sunset Strip on my first trip to the US as a wide-eyed 20-year-old)

Buzzcocks, some club in Preston, 1977 (A huge fight broke out - a bunch of casuals from Blackpool in the audience looking for trouble, apparently. No fun at all, but all part and parcel for punk gigs in the northwest at the time)

Beach Boys, Yankee Stadium, NY, c. 1991 (We went for the baseball, only to learn near the end that they were setting up on the diamond and playing for free after the game!)

I'm sure I'll be mad when others spring to mind that I forgot about (I've just remembered Nico solo with harmonium in a tiny club in Brighton some time in the early to mid eighties, for instance) but I'll leave it there while reserving the right to add more later.

So - how about your lists? They don't have to be as many as ten, and they can be added to, but we can have some fun trying to outdo one another :-)

Re: Ten best gigs ever

Posted: 03:59 16 Mar 2020
by Ade the green
I've never really been a gig person although I did do The Jam at the Cornwall Coliseum which must have been around 1982. I also worked in the Pavilions for a while and saw the Wonderstuff, Paul Weller and Judas Priest (although I did prefer their support which was The Scorpions better).

Last year I did see Halestorm at Cardiff which was okay for the lead but the support left a lot to be desired. However my favourite gig by a country mile was in October last year in Bristol which was Hootie and the Blowfish. Having first got into Hootie 25 years ago when they were the guest act on the Danny Baker show and they played "Hannah Jane" and "I only wanna be with you". Those two tracks really hooked me and I spent the next 3 weeks driving from Plympton to the HMV which was in Frankfort gate every lunch hour with the promise that the Album "Cracked rear view" was being released the next day having been delayed and delayed. Finally after 3 weeks and still no sign of a UK release date I bought the US import for about 3 times the cost. Back to work and I could finally play the whole album which I did constantly on my desk at work. As soon as the album would end I started it again much to the annoyance of anyone working alongside me. For 25 years I never imagined being able to see them live.

Early last year I heard they were releasing a new album after a 10 year hiatus and there would be a tour to coincide which I imagined it would be a US tour only. Signing up to the band's official site I was amazed they would be touring in Europe and there was a date planned in Bristol. Not only were they playing but as it was the 25th anniversary of Cracked rear view the tour was a showcase for this album.

I alongside one of my mates set off to finally see a band whose album for me sounds as fresh and relevant today as it did 25 years ago and an album I've played as I travelled the world and bought so many times as I seem to have left a copy in the cd player in every car I've ever sold or scrapped and had to buy again.

Not only did I finally get to see the band of my dreams but thanks to the anniversary, after 25 years I've also seen the gig of my dreams.

Re: Ten best gigs ever

Posted: 11:44 16 Mar 2020
by mervyn
Did many Bowie gigs but had never heard of the Torquay Town Hall one before. I think best was Milton Keynes on the Glass Spider tour.

As a teen in Surrey I saw several Stones gigs before they became famous, with Rod Stewart and Long John Baldry on the same bill at Richmond.

Really enjoyed Blondy at Plymouth about 15 years ago.

Two months ago returned to Surrey with old friends and saw an amazing ‘off the cuff’ gig put together by Paul Jones in aid of Prostate Cancer, where £50k was raised. Acts included Paul Weller (grew up round the corner from me in Woking), Andy Fairweather Lowe, Colin Bluntstone, Madeleine Bell (now 77), amongst others.

If you don’t mind extending this to non-music gigs, saw a brilliant Alexi Sayle show in Exeter ten days ago, and John Cooper Clarke at same venue soon.

Re: Ten best gigs ever

Posted: 11:51 16 Mar 2020
by mervyn
Ade the green wrote: I've never really been a gig person although I did do The Jam at the Cornwall Coliseum which must have been around 1982. I also worked in the Pavilions for a while and saw the Wonderstuff, Paul Weller and Judas Priest (although I did prefer their support which was The Scorpions better).

Last year I did see Halestorm at Cardiff which was okay for the lead but the support left a lot to be desired. However my favourite gig by a country mile was in October last year in Bristol which was Hootie and the Blowfish. Having first got into Hootie 25 years ago when they were the guest act on the Danny Baker show and they played "Hannah Jane" and "I only wanna be with you". Those two tracks really hooked me and I spent the next 3 weeks driving from Plympton to the HMV which was in Frankfort gate every lunch hour with the promise that the Album "Cracked rear view" was being released the next day having been delayed and delayed. Finally after 3 weeks and still no sign of a UK release date I bought the US import for about 3 times the cost. Back to work and I could finally play the whole album which I did constantly on my desk at work. As soon as the album would end I started it again much to the annoyance of anyone working alongside me. For 25 years I never imagined being able to see them live.

Early last year I heard they were releasing a new album after a 10 year hiatus and there would be a tour to coincide which I imagined it would be a US tour only. Signing up to the band's official site I was amazed they would be touring in Europe and there was a date planned in Bristol. Not only were they playing but as it was the 25th anniversary of Cracked rear view the tour was a showcase for this album.

I alongside one of my mates set off to finally see a band whose album for me sounds as fresh and relevant today as it did 25 years ago and an album I've played as I travelled the world and bought so many times as I seem to have left a copy in the cd player in every car I've ever sold or scrapped and had to buy again.

Not only did I finally get to see the band of my dreams but thanks to the anniversary, after 25 years I've also seen the gig of my dreams.


That’s weird. Hadn’t played Hootie for years, but played I’m going home in the car two days ago, under much sufferance from my wife.

Re: Ten best gigs ever

Posted: 11:59 16 Mar 2020
by MickyD
mervyn wrote: Did many Bowie gigs but had never heard of the Torquay Town Hall one before. I think best was Milton Keynes on the Glass Spider tour.

As a teen in Surrey I saw several Stones gigs before they became famous, with Rod Stewart and Long John Baldry on the same bill at Richmond.

Really enjoyed Blondy at Plymouth about 15 years ago.

Two months ago returned to Surrey with old friends and saw an amazing ‘off the cuff’ gig put together by Paul Jones in aid of Prostate Cancer, where £50k was raised. Acts included Paul Weller (grew up round the corner from me in Woking), Andy Fairweather Lowe, Colin Bluntstone, Madeleine Bell (now 77), amongst others.

If you don’t mind extending this to non-music gigs, saw a brilliant Alexi Sayle show in Exeter ten days ago, and John Cooper Clarke at same venue soon.

I don't mind at all - I just said gigs. (Crawdaddy in Richmond, I'd guess?)

Yes, Torquay was in the final days of his Ziggy tour (16th June - I just checked) just a couple of weeks before his final ever outing on 3rd July in the legendary Hammersmith Odeon performance.

I could list loads more gigs I've seen now, but it would probably sound like a kind of humble brag! (If the first lot didn't already...)

Re: Ten best gigs ever

Posted: 15:22 16 Mar 2020
by PL2 3DQ
Nice thread. :)

Thunder at the Monsters of Rock festival 1990. I had been following them for a few months and they were the first band on the bill to play at Donington back in the day when the festival was just one day and around five or six bands.
Their performance has now been judged as legendary, they blew everyone away. I've seen them live numerous times since but nothing compared to that day.

Other notable performances at Monsters of Rock/Download include AC/DC (filmed for a DVD), Slipknot which turned into a warzone, Linkin Park and a few surprise random performances on other stages and tents - Korn before they became big and more recently Evil Scarecrow.

Ugly Kid Joe at the Palace Threatre, Union Street was just brilliant, a small sweaty venue packed out. That must have been early 90s.

I did lots of trips to the Cornwall Coliseum, the one gig that really stood out was Bryan Adams around 1987 before he became a huge star. Tpau were supporting him and by the end of the tour they had a number 1 single.

Kiss gigs are always good, I've seen them probably around six times including at the Pavilions.

Jethro Tull in Birmingham on the Broadsword tour.

Steel Panther at the Bristol academy was memorable, a great small venue. The Dead Daisies in 2018 at the same venue was a special gig.

Back in the 80s there was a local covers band called Streetwise, they put on a good show around the Plymouth area and later they morphed into Karallon. More recently a local band called The Jack covered all my type of music.

The biggest regret is that I never saw Rush or Boston live, I want to see Lynyrd Skynyrd someday.

Re: Ten best gigs ever

Posted: 16:23 16 Mar 2020
by mervyn
MickyD wrote:
mervyn wrote: Did many Bowie gigs but had never heard of the Torquay Town Hall one before. I think best was Milton Keynes on the Glass Spider tour.

As a teen in Surrey I saw several Stones gigs before they became famous, with Rod Stewart and Long John Baldry on the same bill at Richmond.

Really enjoyed Blondy at Plymouth about 15 years ago.

Two months ago returned to Surrey with old friends and saw an amazing ‘off the cuff’ gig put together by Paul Jones in aid of Prostate Cancer, where £50k was raised. Acts included Paul Weller (grew up round the corner from me in Woking), Andy Fairweather Lowe, Colin Bluntstone, Madeleine Bell (now 77), amongst others.

If you don’t mind extending this to non-music gigs, saw a brilliant Alexi Sayle show in Exeter ten days ago, and John Cooper Clarke at same venue soon.

I don't mind at all - I just said gigs. (Crawdaddy in Richmond, I'd guess?)

Yes, Torquay was in the final days of his Ziggy tour (16th June - I just checked) just a couple of weeks before his final ever outing on 3rd July in the legendary Hammersmith Odeon performance.

I could list loads more gigs I've seen now, but it would probably sound like a kind of humble brag! (If the first lot didn't already...)


Funnily enough I’d been thinking of Eel Pie Island, but now you’ve mentioned it, yes you’re right it was Crawdaddys.

Re: Ten best gigs ever

Posted: 16:52 16 Mar 2020
by GreenThing
Faith No More at the Cardiff Ice Rink was one of the best. They were touring the Angel Dust album and was the last tour with Sir James of Martin. Mike Patton was an absolute lunatic, and L7 were support act the following day from their infamous appearance on The Word.

Re: Ten best gigs ever

Posted: 17:09 16 Mar 2020
by Ade the green
Coronavirus not withstanding, I am hoping to see Whitesnake, Foreigner and Europe in Cardiff in June.

Be a shame but understandable if this turns out to be one of the casualties of CV19.

Re: Ten best gigs ever

Posted: 19:45 16 Mar 2020
by MickyD
A couple of days ago I bought two tickets for Einstürzende Neubauten for their one and only gig in the UK this year on 30th September in London, in the hope that things will have stabilised by then. The other ticket is for my son, who unfortunately is currently self-isolating in his flat with a persistent ten-day cough. (He was also the lucky bugger I took to see Led Zep when he was 12 - oh, and Oasis at the Eden Project, another online ticket lottery I won at about the same time!)

Speaking of almost mythical bands, we also saw The Residents in Brighton last year. I just wish they'd been wearing their legendary eyeball costumes, but that was all a long time ago!

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Re: Ten best gigs ever

Posted: 01:29 17 Mar 2020
by Ade the green
MickyD wrote: A couple of days ago I bought two tickets for Einstürzende Neubauten for their one and only gig in the UK this year on 30th September in London, in the hope that things will have stabilised by then. The other ticket is for my son, who unfortunately is currently self-isolating in his flat with a persistent ten-day cough. (He was also the lucky bugger I took to see Led Zep when he was 12 - oh, and Oasis at the Eden Project, another online ticket lottery I won at about the same time!)

Speaking of almost mythical bands, we also saw The Residents in Brighton last year. I just wish they'd been wearing their legendary eyeball costumes, but that was all a long time ago!

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I certainly hope the best for your son. The problem with this CV is that every illness seems like a full blown expectation of something worse.

Re: Ten best gigs ever

Posted: 11:44 18 Mar 2020
by Forest of Dean Green
1. Blue Nile at Dominion Theatre in London in, I think, 1990.
2. Sigur Ros at the Eden Project
3. Teenage Fanclub at Green Man Festival a couple of years back
4. Gary Numan at Gloucester Leisure Centre, 1983
5. American Music Club in Bristol Thekla a few years back
6. Lloyd Cole at Huntingdon Hall in Worcester a few years back
7. Chameleons at Bristol Bierkeller in, I think, 1988
8. New Order, Finsbury Park in about 87/88
9. Doves at their first Eden project gig
10. Lilac Time, Hereford 6th form college in a warm up/comeback thing about 10 years ago

Re: Ten best gigs ever

Posted: 16:07 18 Mar 2020
by Martin_Brock
Some memories stretching a while back here. I only started watching live music in the mid. nineties so have less to draw on. Still difficult to pick out 10 gigs though. A few that come to mind are:

Levellers at the Pavillions in 1995
REM at Cardiff Arms Park the same year. In all honesty, stadium gigs aren't great but that was my first ever gig
Lush at The Cooperage in 95 or 96 (saw Catatonia around the same time who were also excellent)
David Bowie at Glastonbury in 2000
Elliott Smith at Glastonbury in 2002
Chris Wood at the Reeth Memorial Hall in 2010

I won't go any watch Morrissey anymore but I've seen several good gigs by him. Ditto Patti Smith, Jeffrey Lewis and Dropkick Murphys, so it's hard to pick out just one. I tend to veer more towards folk gigs these days, although Dropkick Murphys was the last band I saw and Idles were excellent relatively recently.

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